Protecting Yourself In The Cloud

For a long time now we have been promised the future of thin client computers. And it is just now that we are starting to see that future come true. For those of you who do not know, when we say thin cloud computing, what we mean is that all of your computing will be done on a far away server and not on the machine that is sitting right in front of you. The machine that is sitting right in front of you is supposed to be for just browsing that content which is far away. For example, if you wanted to listen to a MP3 that you just bought, it would be installed on a distant computer that is far away from you and not on the actual computer that you are using now. You would then use your browser to pick the song and listen to it on a MP3 player that is also installed on that same distant machine. We have services that are like this now but we are starting to see it invade more and more of our normal computing habits.

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But there is a down side to the cloud structure as well. The cloud is not a cure all for all of the problems that we have on the computer. While we are all tired of having to deal with viruses, Trojans, and other types of malware that we deal with it every day, having your data on the cloud does not mean that we will not have to deal with it anymore. We will just have to deal with it in a new way. Instead of you fighting the infection on your local machine, the infection will be fought by the people who are maintaining the servers with your data.

And this is where the problem comes in. You now have to rely on the people who are maintaining the cloud features that you use in order to be safe. That means that you will have to increase your skills when it comes to vetting companies. If you pick one who is irresponsible or who has a very bad company policy on how they deal with your data, then you are in trouble and all of the data that you have accumulated on their cloud may be gone.

It comes down to who is responsible

It all really comes down to who is responsible for your data. Is the company you have chosen to host the data using the right software when it comes to stopping viruses? Are they using the right software when it comes to protecting the rest of their network? While you may not be able to get answers to all of the questions that you might have you at least need the answer to some of them. If you do not get these answers then you are at risk of becoming a victim.

How to help yourself

So as we hinted to in the last paragraph, to feel comfortable in a cloud hosting environment you are really going to have to do homework on the company that you are using. It helps to ask them questions but you also need to look online and see the reviews for this company. If other people have problems with them then there is a good chance that you will end up having problems with them as well. While you do not want to take ever negative review to heart, if there are enough of them then you should really consider looking at another company.

Another way that you can protect yourself is to make sure that you have a back up to all of the data that is on the cloud. A backup system is important no matter if you are talking about on the cloud or doing normal computing. This will help you stay sane just in case anything goes wrong with your cloud hosting provider. If they do not provide a way for you to be able to do easy backups then you really need to look into someone else. But we are not just talking about the ability to back up data on your home hard drives. We are also talking about the ability to back up data on their servers as well. A good cloud provider will have redundant hard drives storing your data. And they will not be stored in the same physical location. That way if the location is damaged then you do not have to worry about all of your data being gone. There is access elsewhere.

It seems as if cloud computing is the way of the future. And there are a lot of benefits to this future. Just make sure that you are able to keep your data safe.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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